A really tasty and exciting Old Pulteney. The maritime distillery character is beautifully preserved despite the finishing in sherry casks forming a nice counterpoint to the sweet-fruity, chocolaty and spicy aromas from the wood. By adding water the Old Pulteney opens up and brings out more fruit aromas.
I thank whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample.
Fresh on the nose with a little salty sea air. Then sherry aromas spread with dates, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. In the background, nougat with some oak spice resonates. The alcohol is well integrated and not pungent at all.
Bold start on the palate. Here the high alcohol content of this cask strength bottling becomes noticeable. Slightly maritime with a peppery note, followed by a gradual sweetness with dates, cinnamon, a little dark chocolate and roasted aromas of dark bread towards the finish.
The warming finish shows a medium length with creamy fruit notes, nutmeg, subtle white pepper and a touch of dry oak.
With water: Much more fruity on the nose after adding a few drops of water. Peach with aniseed and some cinnamon. Again very fresh and slightly maritime. On the palate also fruity and prickling with dates, milk chocolate and warming spices. The finish remains medium length with creamy fruit notes, brown sugar, dark chocolate and a hint of dry oak.
The nose changes again and again over time and also some water and gives new impressions.
Quite complex, but in my opinion no classic sherry ripening like PX or Oloroso. Not everyone will like it that much, because the flavors are somewhat special, but this very dense and intense apple herb note really picks me up. I could smell that forever.
Glass used: Glencairn
Creamy, salty note, maritime, dry, astringent.
Here the Old Pulteney distillery character comes through nicely, taking on the maritime character.
Medium length, spicy, a bit bitter
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